Month: July 2019

Apple begins limiting Apple Music free trial period to one month

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The ad, which anchors the Accessories page on Apple’s Online Store, contains text referencing a new one-month Apple Music tryout term.

“Millions of songs. One month on us,” the ad reads.

Clicking on the graphic directs users to an iTunes webpage that reiterates the one-month term, including a dedicated initiation button that reads, “Get 1 Month Free.” Links in iTunes also direct to the one-month offer, though some ads on social media platforms and others strewn across the internet either directly reference Apple Music’s longstanding three-month trial or point to an iTunes page that echoes the legacy three-month, no-commitment offer.

While not confirmed, the policy change could be rolling out by region, as some users are no longer capable of signing up for a three-month trial. Others, however, still have access to the original offer through both iTunes and the Music app on iOS.

MacRumors reported on the banner ad earlier today.

The updated terms mark the first change to Apple’s streaming music subscription structure since the service launched in 2015. Designed to draw in new users, the three-month, no-obligation trial was among the most generous from the world’s major streaming services. By contrast, Spotify presents new users a 30-day free trial to its premium tier, while Pandora provides similar incentives for its for-pay product.

Over the past two years, however, Apple Music has quickly cemented its status as a leading streaming provider. According to Apple’s most recent numbers released in June, Apple Music boasts 60 million paying subscribers. A far cry from Spotify’s 100 million subscriber count, Apple Music is growing more rapidly than its competing market leader and is in control of key countries like the U.S.

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How to Backup iTunes Audiobook to iCloud

If you purchased Audiobooks and want to change a new device, maybe you need to backup them iCloud at first.

iCloud provides its users with means to store data such as documents, photos, and music on remote servers for download to iOS, macOS or Windows devices, to share and send data to other users, and to manage their Apple devices if lost or stolen.

As you know almost all audiobooks purchased from Audible with the file extensions .aa and .aax are protected by DRM protection, and you can’t use iTunes Match to to move to iCloud Music Library. Is there any solutions to help us to remove DRM from Audiobook and upload to iCloud?

The following guide will help you to upload your Audiobook to iCloud step by step.

Steps to convert Audible Audiobooks to upload to iCloud

To solve the problem easily, we ask Macsome iTunes Converter for help, which is used to convert kinds of iTunes protected Audio files and convert them to MP3, AAC, WAV and FLAC with fast speed and perfect quality output. Meanwhile it can remove DRM from your iTunes Audiobooks and convert to iTunes Match supported formats like AAC.

Things You’ll Need:

  • A Computer running Mac OS or Windows OS
  • A Blank CD disk
  • The latest version of iTunes
  • Macsome iTunes Music Converter (for Mac / for Windows)

Before conversion, please go to free download the latest version of Macsome iTunes Converter and install on your PC.

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Step 1, After you install, just run the Audiobook Converter.

User Interface

Step 2, click the Add button and select the audiobook files you want to backup from iTunes library.

After you choose the Audiobook files you need to convert, click “OK”, and then all the audiobook tracks files you selected will be listed on the main window.

Step 3, Set the output format by clicking the Setting icon.

In the output format setting, there are MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV four audio formats for users to choose, just according to your need, choose one for you.

Convert Audiobook to AAC format

Step 4, click the Convert button to start converting.

Now you can click the “Convert” button to start iTunes Audiobook to AAC conversion.

After the conversion is finished, you can open the output folder to find the converted files. And then you can upload the converted AAC audio files to iCloud.

So easy, isn’t it? Why not free download it and take a try.

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Spotify launches Disney Hub for classic songs, plus Marvel and Star Wars scores

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Disney is teaming up with Spotify to launch an official hub that will collect all of the studio’s original music in one place.

The Disney Hub is separated into a number of playlists: Hits, Favorites, Classics, Singalongs, Princess, Marvel Music, and Star Wars. Spotify users can expect some overlap between the playlists, but Disney is making tracks available from its films (both live-action and animated), theme park attractions, Disney Channel originals, and classic tunes from decades ago available on the app. More than two billion minutes of Disney songs have been streamed on Spotify this year alone, according to the company.

A ranking system will also be public for subscribers, so they can see what the most popular songs are among fans. The current ranking is:

  1. “Let It Go” – Frozen
  2. “How Far I’ll Go” – Moana
  3. “You’re Welcome” – Moana
  4. “Life is a Highway” – Cars
  5. “You’ll Be In My Heart” – Tarzan
  6. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” – Frozen
  7. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” – Mulan
  8. “A Whole New World” – Aladdin
  9. “Try Everything” – Zootopia
  10. “Love Is an Open Door” – Frozen

This isn’t the first time that Spotify has launched a dedicated hub. The company launched Amplify, a hub for emerging artists that focused on equality, LGTBQ issues, and social topics in March 2018. Earlier this year, Spotify also launched a Throwback hub, which included highlights from the popular #ThrowbackThursday hashtag. To find the hub, head over to Spotify’s browse section and click on the “TV & Movies” page. The Disney Hub should be located within.

Spotify’s Disney Hub is currently available for subscribers in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The Hub will be updated with more songs from Disney films as they’re released.

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Solution to play Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV

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If you are both the Amazon Fire TV and Apple Music user, you may find that you can’t directly stream and play Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV.

Not only Apple Music has DRM limited, so users can only play and stream Apple Music on some specific devices and Apple products. Meanwhile Amazon Fire TV only supports streaming some video Apps and so on.

If you still want to play Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV, there still one solution to deal with the problem.

First you need one third-party tool to convert the Apple Music files or library and remove their DRM and then transfer them to play on Amazon Fire TV.

Steps to convert DRM Apple Music files so as to play on Amazon Fire TV

Macsome iTunes Converter is the tool to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and so on with upto 20X conversion speed and almost CD quality output.

Step 1, Click the following download link to download the latest trial version of iTunes Music Converter, install and run it.

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What you downloaded is a free trial version, which can convert 3 minutes each file. You can purchase to get the full version without limitations.

Step 2. Click “+” to import the downloaded Apple Music files from the library or playlist. All the Apple Music files you have downloaded the Apple Music files you want to convert and they can work normally on your iTunes.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Step 3. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder. There are four output formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV for you to choose. If necessary, you can also reset the related audio parameters.

Moreover, you can reset the conversion speed, the default one is 10X. If you want to get a higher audio quality, you can choose a lower conversion speed.

Preferences output Settings

Step 4. Click the “CONVERT” button to start your converting.

Converting Apple Music songs to MP3

After the conversion, you can run Amazon Music app on your computer and log in your Amazon ID, then drag and drop files from computer into the Upload selection.

Or you can also play the converted Apple Music songs on Amazon File TV via Plex Media Server.

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Apple Music offering 6-month free trial to students

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According to an internal memo acquired by Appleosophy, students who are new to Apple Music can get 6 months free Instead of the standard 3 months. This 6 month offer starts from July 9 to September 26, 2019. Once the trial ends, the Apple Music plan for students is only $4.99 per month.

Apple also notes that new student plan customers will receive an email within the first 3 months with instructions on how to redeem an additional 3 months free. After the free trial, the promotion converts to a paid subscription. To qualify for an Apple Music Student Membership, the student must be a student studying a bachelor degree, post-graduate degree, or equivalent Higher Education course at a University, College (US only) or Post-Secondary School (Canada only).

We are not sure if this offer is available in other countries, but we can confirm that it’s available in the United States and Canada.

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How to play Audible Audiobook on MP3 player

We know that Kindle Audiobook are purchased from Audible.com, and people can use Audible.com to download audiobooks to your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle or other listening device and listen to Audible audiobooks by best-selling authors anytime.

After you paid the Audiobook, you can listen to the Audiobook after you authorize the device, for the DRM limits you.

Would you like to get rid of the DRM from the paid Audiobook?

Here Macsome iTunes Converter can help you, which supports converting audiobooks and apple music even on the latest iTunes and supports saving audiobook’s chapters when you convert to AAC format. But it don’t support the split function.

All the steps to get rid of the DRM are quite simple, and no additional app to install.

First, free download the software according to your computer system, and install it on your computer.

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Then run the iTunes Music Converter, and choose the Audio book files you want to convert from the iTunes Books library.

Please make sure that you have authorized the purchased Audiobooks to the device or the computer so as to play them normally.

And now click Profile button and select the required profile in Output File Format drop-down list.

Preferences output Settings

You can also click the software menu and select Preferences to customize the Output Settings by clicking Choose… to set the destination.

Finally, click the Convert button to start the conversion. Meanwhile the paid Audiobook’s DRM is removed as well.

Converting Audio books to MP3

After the conversion is done, you can play the purchased Kindle Audiobook on any MP3 or other audio player as you like without DRM any more.

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Apple Music brings Up Next Live to global cities this summer

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Apple today announced Up Next Live, a series of intimate performances from past and present Apple Music Up Next artists including Bad Bunny, Daniel Caesar, Khalid, Ashley McBryde, King Princess, Lewis Capaldi and Jessie Reyez. Each artist will perform for fans in one city, for one night only.
Apple Music Up Next is a monthly program showcasing the best new artists in the world. Each month, Apple Music tastemakers and editors identify one artist to feature, then utilize the power of the platform to raise awareness of that artist to Apple Music’s growing audience of music fans. Apple Music Up Next also includes a deeply curated companion playlistfull of incredible new artists across genres from all over the world.
Each artist on the diverse Up Next Live roster has been featured as an Apple Music Up Next artist in the monthly program or through the playlist. All shows will be hosted after hours in local Apple stores in Milan, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Paris, London, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Apple stores frequently offer free creative sessions through Today at Apple and serve as the place where the local creative community can come together and share ideas, making them the perfect backdrop for Up Next Live. Performances kick off July 9 with global sensation Bad Bunny at Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan.
“The impact [of being part of Up Next] can be seen in everything, in numbers, in plays, in shows,” said Bad Bunny. “There are a lot of fans that, when I go out in the street in the US, people who do not speak Spanish, I think they will not know me and they stop me, they ask me for pictures and they sing my songs. It helped me very much to make myself known in a market different from mine, not only the USA, but in places where Spanish is not spoken or where perhaps Latin music does not dominate, exposing my music and giving people the opportunity to get to know what I do.”
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